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Mark T. White in Annapolis, MD on Houzz

Houzz just awarded us with a badge for having over 25,000 photo saves in the Houzz community!
Thank you to our fans and followers, and to our client’s who’s beautiful projects helped us reach this milestone!

Help us earn another badge for Best of Houzz 2017 by visiting our Houzz profile and writing a review!

Annapolis Home: The Scene

We’ve had the pleasure of forming such a strong bond with our partners at Annapolis Home magazine over the years.
They were nice enough to come out to our 35 Year Celebration here at our showroom in May, take photos, and do a very nice spread and story on Mark in the current July/August issue!

Anniversary Spread

You can view the full issue on-line here, or by visiting our showroom and picking a copy up for yourself!

Congratulations Mark!

Owner, Mark T. White, has officially earned his CMKBD Certification through the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

“CMKBD® – Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer
A designer who must possess not only their CKD and CBD certification, but must have an additional seven years of experience in the industry beyond the date of their first certification. In addition, a CMKBD has been nationally recognized through design competitions, industry awards, printed publications, television spots, and other industry opportunities. A CMKBD must also meet specific educational requirements.”

Another great achievement.. Congratulations!!

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Reader’s Choice Winner!

The Capital Newspaper just announced the finalists for the Reader’s Choice Awards for 2016!! We are proud to announce that you all chose us as the Winner for the Best Kitchen and Bath Design!! Thank you SO much to our families, friends, clients, and business associates who voted, and for your continued support over the last 35 years!!

Severna Park Voice Home and Garden Guide

This month’s Severna Park Voice included the Spring Home and Garden Guide! One of our design team members wrote an article explaining the many possibilities when it comes to inside the cabinetry.. Our Marketing and Communications coordinator also had an article for the Annapolis Design District about using art in design. Check them out here:

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35 Years!

That’s right! This Spring of 2016, Kitchen Encounters will officially have been in business for 35 years!

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Let’s flash back to 1977. After previous experience of driving interstate tractor trailers, framing houses, and customizing vans, owner Mark T. White, felt that doing something more hands-on would be a job he would enjoy. He started working for a company making custom countertops, and really liked what he was doing. He was proud of the final product and loved seeing how happy the homeowner’s were and how much they appreciated the beautiful craftsmanship. That company ended up going out of business about two and half years after starting there. However, that experience opened Mark’s eyes to some of the frustrations that homeowners were having with kitchen designers and installers, which led him to opening his own business.

Mark’s sister, Cindy (who is our Financial Manager) loaned him about $800 to buy the basic tools he would need to continue making custom countertops. He rented a friend’s basement and built an apartment in one corner, and used the rest of the space as a workshop. From there, he moved his workshop into a large garage off Hudson St. About a year later, he moved into a warehouse on Legion Ave in Annapolis, where he continued to make countertops. After some time, a cabinet dealer was looking for space to have a display in the Annapolis area, and so he offered the front of the warehouse, where the office space was located, to act as a showroom. It was then that Mark was truly inspired to become a kitchen designer.

In 1997, Mark bought a small 1950’s cottage, where Kitchen Encounters resides today, in the heart of the Annapolis Design District. The three bedroom home was transformed into a functional showroom, with our offices in the basement. The showroom maintains a home-like atmosphere, while housing about 10 display vignettes featuring different cabinet styles, features, and functions.

After years of focusing on different aspects, and offering the full package (design, construction, and installation), he realized that his strong points were in the cabinetry and design itself. Mark developed the Interactive Design Process to ensure that comfort, beauty and function merge successfully in a remodeling or new construction experience. This process has since been taught nationwide at industry events, NKBA Chapter meetings, and through developing a course at the local community college. By using numerous sketches to illustrate design possibilities, our clients are able to identify features that fit their lifestyle. The preferred design elements are then combined into the best plan for the project. As we enter our 35th year in business,  Kitchen Encounters has received about 50 different awards and recognitions, has been published in over 35 different publications, with over 100 appearances, featuring almost 80 different projects, plus about a dozen projects have been featured on HGTV.

Reaching our 35th year in business wouldn’t be possible without our friends, families, design team members, business associates, clients, and neighbors. We want to thank all of you for your continued support, and here’s to another 35 years!

More from the 2016 Design Competition

Here is the on-line version of the NKBA magazine with the winning projects and a brief description of each!

You can also view photos of all the winning projects on the NKBA’s Pinterest Board! Look for projects with Mark T. White’s name underneath for his award winning kitchens!

And here are some photos of Mark and Cindi at the awards gala in Las Vegas:

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Congratulations, Mark!